On Tuesday at the Software Development '98 conference in San Francisco, Be Inc. will announcr the Intel version of its BeOS operating system.
BeOS is a multi-threaded, SMP-capable operating system originally designed to run on the company's own BeBox hardware. It is especially tuned to multimedia development.
Last year, the company launched a succession of preview releases of BeOS for the Macintosh. However, the Intel version will actually make it to market sooner. BeOS is expected to announce on Tuesday that BeOS for Intel will ship in March, with commercial shipments of the Macintosh version following a few weeks later.
Last Monday, at the Software Development '98 show, Be demonstrated the operating system running side by side on a Macintosh and on a dual-processor, 266 MHz Intel Pentium II PC. According to sources within the company, the company has recently been emphasising the Intel version of the chip, and the Intel version is now running faster than the Macintosh edition.
Also at the show, Be showed the SheepShaver Mac OS emulator running on the Mac version of BeOS.
Late in 1996, Be was in take-over negotiations with Apple, until that company finally opted for Steve Jobs' NeXT.
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